All posts filed under: Italians abroad

Our last day in Melbourne and Australia // Il nostro ultimo giorno a Melbourne e in Australia

And here we are: our last day in Melbourne and in Australia. Actually this happened a few months ago, but I did not have the time to write about it, maybe I wasn’t ready and thought the last paragraph about the airport was too much. But then I thought, why not sharing it anyway? In the end we’ve been lucky and it’s normal to be happy about it, right? A strange feeling, as if nothing was going to happen. And in fact not much happened that day apart from the fact that we were going to leave the country. And probably, after a relaxed breakfast and a last stroll in the CBD, it’s been much about cleaning the apartment (the never ending story) and getting rid of every single little item that we accumulated in these 3 years. And I mean it! The apartment needed to be emptied completely not to incur in charges, thanks to our friends Carla and Lluis for letting us know (e.g. A soap near the sink is seen as not …

My ‘Aussie’, but multicultural haircut // Il mio taglio ‘australiano, ma multiculturale

Ho preso il coraggio a due mani e deciso di condividere la foto del mio taglio. A molti non freghera’ un granche’, ma visto che alcuni me l’hanno chiesta, non c’e’ niente di male nell’era del ‘selfie’, instagram, ecc… Eccola qui… Per carita’, nulla di drammatico, ed era in effetti cio’ che cercavo, solo la piega non mi ha esaltato, troppo da ‘bambola’ e forse per fortuna che non ha tenuto molto… Qualcuno mi ha anche consigliato di sorridere la prossima volta e ha ragione. Quando faccio le foto son talmente concentrata (a scattare un profilo decente ;)) che me ne dimentico, ma quando scatto agli altri, la cosa strana, e’ che sorrido anch’io! 🙂 p.s. Perche’ australiano, ma multiculturale? Leggete il mio posto precedente http://wp.me/p2LzYl-Hr ———- // ———- I decided to win over shy and “who cares about your haircut?” and poublish actually 2 photos. As I was mentioning, most people won’t really give a damn about it, but as someone asked me about it, why not? We’re in the ‘selfie’, instagram, fb era, …

1st Haircut in Australia? // Primo taglio in Australia?

Sometimes we believe that there’s no place like our home country. There they do everything, or most things, better. Let’s take Hair-cutting and Italy. Well, objectively they cut your hair very well in Italy and my experience relies actually on Milan (lately Adore’) where I lived most of my life. If I say I had my 1st Haircut in Australia last week, it’s not true…I should say “since I’m back”. I once I had a haircut at Bondi beach with my friend Martina in 2001 and I was actually pretty happy with it! 🙂 But I can say I had my 1st cut in Melbourne 2 weeks ago and I survived! Just joking! As per my first lines, thinking I cannot have my hair cut anywhere else in the world (I’ve been back twice to Italy and I had my hair cut while I was there), I asked people to understand where to go, once passed the idea of hairdressers being more expensive here. As I liked the haircut style of my friend Penny, I …

What’s it like to live in Melbourne? Blog of the month on Expat Blog // Com’e’ vivere a Melbourne? Blog del mese su Expat Blog

Un po’ di tempo fa’ Francesca di Expat Blog mi ha scritto con molto entusiasmo chiedendomi se avessi voglia di raccontare la mia esperienza in Australia attraverso un’intervista. Ho deciso di accettare perche’ da espatriata sono convinta che condividere la propria esperienza, come leggere quella di altri possa aiutare a vivere la propria. Expat Blog, disponibile in varie lingue, si occupa di questo. Mi sono divertita a rispondere alle domande di Francesca, della quale mi hanno colpito positivita’ ed energia, perche’ mi ha dato l’occasione di rivivere la mia esperienza di 1 anno e mezzo a Melbourne e in giro per l’Australia (e in generale nell’emisfero sud), e di riflettere. Se siete curiosi, troverete a questo link l’intervista: http://www.expat-blog.com/newsletter/top/263_aprile-2014.html ———- // ———- A few months ago I was asked by Francesca of Expat Blog to tell about my experience as an expat in Australia. I decided to accept because I’m firmly convinced that sharing one’s own experience abroad, as reading someone else’s, helps living ones own. The Expat Blog website, available in different languages, has …

POSITIVE MONDAY! – Que’ suerte tengo! // I feel so lucky! // Sono fortunata!

Hoy si’, hoy es tiempo de escribir un post en castellano! Si’ porque hoy tambien creo que tengo suerte! Y sera’ por 2 motivos: 1. Estoy trabajando en esta galeria de arte, Porthole Gallery, como Marketing y Administracion, y de repente entra una senhora chilena que parece muy simpatica y de hecho lo es. Me pregunta sobre la galeria, hablamos, le pregunto si vive cerca y me comenta que es chilena. Entonces ya empiezo a hablar castellano, encantada de la vida! Hablamos de la galeria, que expone pinturas y esculpturas con tema marinero. Les gustan y le cuento que la venta de estas obras ayudara’ a los marineros del mundo que con su trabajo nos llevan la mayoria de los productos que compramos hoy. Me habls del porque esta’ de vacaciones en Melbourne, de su experiencias pasadas en Inglaterra, de cuanto aprendio’, de como se lo paso’ fenomenal, y cuando se va, me da’ un beso y me regala una sonrisa espectacular! que quiero mas de la vida? Bueno, claro que le pedi’ de estar …

Expat Life

A new section has just come to live on my blog about ‘Expat life‘, the hardship & excitement of moving to another place and start a new life somewhere else. In my case, right now it’s Melbourne, but it’s been Madrid in the past. I’ve even been a temporary expatriate also in other cities for shorter periods of time, to learn a language or do an internship. For example in Barcelona, San Diego, the little town of Moodus CT (USA), Sydney, … I’ll be sharing my experience, what’s yours? Check it out by Clicking on the link below: Expat Life. Related articles Chasing the sky: Are you ready to be an expat? (inaforeignsky.wordpress.com) a reality of being an expat (cindi-keller.com) All aboard the expat blogger express (telegraph.co.uk) Ex-Pat Living: Hey Friend, Looking for a Lighter? (whattheworldtaughtme.com) Introducing the Guest Expat Blog Series (theexpatloop.wordpress.com)  

The 4 Phases of Moving to Another Place

I have been living my life in different places. Although it’s been mostly in Italy, in Milan, I have always had the chance to travel, whether it was for holiday, study or work purposes. First encouraged by my parents who well thought it was important to discover the world, know about other cultures and learn other languages to enrich ourselves and prepare for the future, as you never know what turn life could take. At the beginning I felt lucky, but a bit forced, and then little by little this desire and curiosity about the world has become part of me. And now I actively seek these kind of experiences. That’s why lately I spent 2 years and a half living in working in Madrid, Spain, and a few months ago I chose to live in Melbourne, Australia. Every time you move, I think you go through different experiences, phases and emotional states. After my latest transfer to Spain first and to Australia second, I started realising there is actually a pattern in moving and …

What does the word ‘TA’ mean? / Cosa significa la parola inglese ‘TA’?

Ale is an ex-colleague of my husband and also a friend. Ale is a person with lots of interests and the things he does, for what I know, he does them well. For example he plays the guitar, he has a band, he’s a tech expert or enthusiast, he likes to write on his blog http://www.mantini.net and I think he should be a writer. He always has such a smooth touch in his words, almost a forgotten respect & politeness in the way he expresses his thoughts on “paper” (or web paper) or when he talks to you.  Unfortunately, at least for now, his posts are only in Italian. He’s very energetic person, and it could be just this way as he does a lot more things! He very kindly asked me to write a post for his blog, as a Guest Blogger, and to thank him I decided to write about the word “TA”. The Native English speakers will understand right away why, but if you are curious about my short curious story, go …

Intervistata dal progetto ‘Wowanderlust’ di Alice Avallone

Sorry guys, this is an interview, for now only in Italian, by an Italian Web Project (www.wowanderlust.it) on Travelling. Come dice Alice, ci siamo conosciute tramite mia sorella, che ha pensato alla sorellona e ci ha messo in contatto sapendo che la sua ex-collega sarebbe stata in Australia per un periodo. Purtroppo non c’è stata ancora l’occasione di conoscersi dal vivo qui in Australia, ma chissà che non avvenga prima poi e proprio in Australia. Le cose che mi hanno colpito di Alice sono state il suo entusiasmo, la volonta’ e capacità di tramutare in realtà i suoi sogni e la sua disponibilità. Ho sentito, anche senza essersi mai conosciute, che c’era qualcosa in comune: la voglia di fare, di creare, di non smettere di sognare e la passione di viaggiare con questo suo nuovo progetto “Wowanderlust”. Mi son offerta di collaborare perchè mi aveva ispirato l’idea attraverso un suo post, ed eccone il frutto. Link all’intervista: http://www.wowanderlust.it/cosa-sapere-prima-dell-australia-i-consigli-di-valeria/ Vuol essere semplicemente una testimonianza non esaustiva, concernente la mia esperienza finora, rispetto alle domande di Alice. …